The World’s Biggest Employers

I am doing a little research on the United States’ Department of Defense for my job right now, and trying to answer the question of how it has so much influence over policy. This graphic is probably quite peripheral to my work, but it was interesting enough to share nonetheless. Who would have thought that the Department of Defense would be the world’s biggest employer–by a long shot?

World's Largest Employers- Department of Defense- The Economist
The Economist released this graphic, and it is incredibly striking. The US, China, England, and India are all represented, but the Department of Defense has an edge over the others by a long shot.

My family and I toured the Pentagon earlier this year, and were struck by just how huge it is. I guess it makes sense, in retrospect, that the largest building in the world (measured in square footage) would house a portion of the largest workforce in the world. And, of course, the target of a major terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

So there you have it: the world’s biggest employers, although I might not compare working at the Department of Defense to working at Walmart. You never know though.

“No Loo, No ‘I Do'”

What sounds like a jingle from the 1950s has actually become a very powerful slogan for women’s rights in India. I always wondered if women would begin to gain a foothold in status when the population of sex-selected children were able to marry. Now the disproportionately low number of women can advocate to have their voices heard. Women can afford to be choosy when selecting a husband, and the government of India has capitalized on that luxury.

“No Loo, No ‘I Do’,” the government’s slogan reads, advocating for more sanitary homes and a correspondingly healthier country. The government encourages women to refuse to marry a man unless he is able to provide her with a toilet.

It’s clever, it’s witty, and let’s be honest: it is a BRILLIANT move, considering that half of India lacks access to a latrine. Not only is the campaign allowing for a more rapid, grassroots-driven development, but it also promotes the status of women.

Well done, India. You can learn more about this new initiative HERE.